BBC launches digital revolution for open-source documentary making

I HATE paying my licence fee for the telly. After all, I could easily live without the BBC, C4 or any of its radio output because there are so many other alternatives.

In fact, I'd much prefer to opt in to the Beeb, pay a subscription, and have the power of choice. And I probably would.

But since we're stuck with it then I'm glad to see at least one project of interest.

It's an open source project which aims to document how the web has changed our lives.

Among its appeals for information today are people who use the web to organise G20 summit protests, information on the mysterious 14 Server (an alleged secret server controlled by the US Government, affecting the 13 which run www), and people attending Wikimania 09.

There is a stand outcast of collaboration too including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the internet. 

All those taking part in the 'conversation' are, in effect, helping shape how the final documentary will look.

No mention, however, if its eventual first screening will be via TV or the net.

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  1. ‘No mention, however, if its eventual first screening will be via TV or the net.’
    Hi there,
    Thanks for the interest. I can’t say for sure which platform or media will present the final four part series about the web, but I’d wager on TV and iPlayer.
    However, we are also planning to create an interactive version of the documentary with opportunity for people to consume the content in both linear and non-linear ways, offering ways to engage with and interrogate the surrounding data, research, rushes and information collected around the programme as you watch the documentary content. Currently in prototype, it has the potential to be a really cool new way to consume a documentary. Watch this space.
    Also to bear in mind – we will be uploading the rushes that come in from the production teams on location for users to watch and share online before they see the main production edit or a TV transmission. So the web gets a lot of content long before the TV does.
    Right now we’re still scripting and researching, so join the blog and help us tell the story of the web as interactively as possible.
    Dan Biddle (BBC Digital Revolution)

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